Letter A Ape Theme
Alphabet > Letter A > A is for Ape
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Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter A (long a sound).
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An ape is a mammal in the group of primates, which includes chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans. Apes do not have tails. They have very flexile hands and feet. Apes live in the forests in Africa and Asia. Apes are endangered animals.
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Alphabet Activity > Letter A is for Ape (long a sound)
Present and display this cute letter A color poster of an ape. Distribute your option of letter A alphabet printable materials listed in the materials column.
Children Age 3 and under:
* Print a letter A coloring page in standard block or D'Nealian font and an ape coloring page image behind it or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later. Discuss other letter A words found on the worksheet.
* Finger Tracing:
Trace letter A's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page.
* Children can trace and color the letter A's. After completing coloring the letter, encourage children to color the ape image. Write the word ape on the finished coloring page.
Children Ages 3+ to 6:
Alphabet - beginning letter A sound (short sound)
1. Present the Letter A Activity Worksheet and Mini Book program. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.
Letter A words: The worksheet and matching mini-book can be used as part of Letter A program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related A words.
* Finger and Pencil Tracing:
*Trace letter A's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their worksheet. Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil and demonstrate the direction of the arrows and numbers that help them trace the letter correctly. During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process.
*Find the letter A's: Have the children find all the letter A's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle or trace/shade them first. Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter A's and then discuss the locations with the worksheet / coloring page.
Discuss other letter A words and images: First 'brainstorm' and ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with example. You can print letter A in a different bright color to make it stand out. If you have illustrated alphabet books you can also use images in them. You can also display other A posters and coloring pages or even make a letter A classroom book using coloring images or color posters. Visit Letter A Alphabet Printable Materials to make your choice.
Advanced Handwriting Practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper. Have children draw an ape behind the lined paper or select and print an ape coloring page to color and decorate and writing practice.
2. Drawing and writing paper: encourage children to draw and color an ape in the rainforest | jungle and practice writing letter A a.
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